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Why Bother Fighting a DUI in California?

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Anders Johnson
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You have your first court date in San Francisco Superior Court coming up.  It's the arraignment, where you'll get a copy of your charges filed by the District Attorney.  The judge asks you what your plea is.  You just want this all to end.  What are your options?

If you plead guilty, the judge will then find you guilty of a DUI.  You will be sentenced on that day to jail time, huge fines, a DUI three month course, probation, and a permanent conviction on your record. 

This is guaranteed.  And you will have done it without the benefit of seeing the police report, or testing the BAC results, or seeking the advice of a San Francisco DUI attorney.  And once it's done, there's little chance of going back and changing your mind.  It's over.

Fighting your case will allow a qualified San Francisco DUI attorney to review the evidence, talk with the District Attorney, and do everything possible to affect the outcome of your case to your advantage.  Perhaps the officer had no reason to stop you at 2 a.m. in the morning on Geary Boulevard in the Richmond District.  Perhaps the BAC device is defective, and that 0.08 is really a 0.05.  Maybe the witnesses in the case are unavailable for trial.

In the end you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Don't go into a DUI charge alone.  A DUI conviction will plague you long after that first scary court appearance.

Category: DUI and DWI Laws For California

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